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Celebrate Father’s Day: Grilling Recipes, Meal Ideas & More

Spend the day with dad. Create delicious recipes, bring the ballpark home, craft the perfect gift or visit a local event.

This year we celebrate Father’s day on June, 16th, 2024. Whether he is your biological or adoptive father, or simply a person in your life who accepted the responsibility to provide a stable environment, working tirelessly to make sure you are safe and have everything you need to feel supported and loved, this Father's Day. On Father’s Day we honor the people who step up to the plate of life and help us swing for the fences. The dads who can scare away the night-time monsters under the bed, the dads who teach us how to change a tire, mow the lawn and fix a leaky pipe. They are the over-sized guests at a tea party, the voice of reason, the strength we need when life gets hard. Plan a day full of delicious food, handmade gifts, cruise nights and backyard barbecue that lasts into the night. Find everything you need to make this day perfect at your local Big Y Supermarket.

Father’s Day Essentials

Find everything to celebrate the dad(s) in your life.

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Recipes to Celebrate Dad

Treat your dad to a spread meant for a king!



Chicken wings coated in a
sweet umami sauce.

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Tender ribs with a touch
of heat and sweet.

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A flaky pie crust filled with
sweet blueberries.

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Delectable short ribs in a umami sauce,
topped with coleslaw on a soft slider roll.

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A flavorful beef patty topped with crispy bacon,
American cheese and your favorite veggies,
piled high on a hamburger bun.

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A flavor-packed turkey burger topped with
caramelized onion, pimento cheese
and your favorite toppings!

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Flaky salmon marinated in a spicy, garlic-herb
sauce and grilled to perfection.

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A sweet-brewed citrus
cocktail with a salted rim.

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A savory bean salad with a
bright-minty vinaigrette.

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Warm breezes; refreshing, cold beverages; food cooking on the grill; and enjoying the company of family and friends–memories only summertime can bring. It’s our favorite season and barbecuing is one of America’s favorite pastimes. To heat things up, check out these sizzling recipes and grilling tips.

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Grill Safely

Author: be well™ with Big Y® Registered Dietitian Team

Cases of foodborne illness tend to peak during the warmer months due to hotter weather paired with atypical food preparation locations like picnics, cookouts and camping. Stay safe with these Core Four Practices from the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

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Play Ball with Dad

Bring the ballpark to your dad this Father’s Day and find inspiration with Better Than The Ballpark.

Cruise Night with Dad

Does your dad love cars? Check out a local cruise night with music, cars and good food!

June 11 - Elks Cruise Night, 5 PM - Ludlow, MA
June 11 - Joanna’s Cruise Night, 5 PM to 8 PM - Somers, CT
June 12 - Middletown's 27th Annual Cruise Night on Main Street, 4:30 PM to 8 PM - Middletown, CT
June 13 - Classic Car Show and Concert Serices, 6 to 8 PM - The Moose Family Center Chicopee, MA
June 13 - Cruise Night at Patriot Place, Starting at 4 PM - Foxborough, MA
June 14 - Friday Cruise Night - Buttery Brook Park, 5 PM to Dusk - South Hadley, Ma.
June 16 - Shelton Historical Society Antiques & Classic Car Show, 8 AM to 5 PM - Shelton, CT
June 16 - BUG-A-FAIR Volkswagen Car Show, 9 AM to 3 PM at the Terryville Fairgrounds - Terryville, CT

Crafts for Father’s Day

Give dad a homemade gift that he can cherish for years to come.

You Will Need:
4" x 6" photo of Dad staged nose to nose with his child.
5" X 7" piece of Poster board or plain brown cardboard
Puzzle pieces (approx. 25 pieces)
Twine or Ribbon

1. Glue the photo to the 5" x 7" piece of poster board/cardboard making sure it is in the center.
2. Cut a piece of twine or ribbon, create a loop and glue at the top center for a hanger.
3. Glue the puzzle pieces all around the 1 inch border of the poster board/cardboard being sure to cover all edges of the photo and the ribbon/twine hanger.
4. Give to Dad on Father’s Day and he will treasure it forever.


Make Father’s Day Fun with Dad

When we need a good laugh, we can absolutely count on Dads. They have the superpower to empower us to become the best version of ourselves. And for that, we are eternally grateful. Let’s take some time and plan some Dad-tivities to celebrate their day the best way possible.